Every year Career Management Office hosts International Alumni Panel and Luncheon where alumni come and share their past experiences and how they landed positions in the United States. This year, we had a wonderful response with 17 alumni back on campus on February 4, 2017. One alum came in from Texas, along with several local alumni. This event has proven to be an effective way to get first-hand knowledge on the career search as an international student. This event happens in the beginning of every spring semester. We highly recommend that you attend next year and every future opportunity that involves alumni. Remember to frequently check CareerLink to see what Workshops and Information Sessions will be happening next.
Weatherhead graduate students shared their thoughts on the event.
1. Describe the best insight(s) you received from alumni.
- “It was good to hear about their work experience in the U.S. and how it’s different from other countries – What are the steps we need to take in job searching.” Navid Tavoli, MSM-Operations Research/Supply Chain Candidate 2017
- “I got a lot of good suggestions for seeking jobs, especially how to reach out to people in high-level positions.” Qiaojie Liang, MSM-Business Analytics Candidate 2017
- “I think the best insight was how you create sustainable relationships, which is something all of the alumni discussed. I also liked them sharing the visa issue and the current uncertainty about it.” Kumar Tanmay, MBA Candidate 2017
- “Networking is significant to find internships or jobs. Making friends and keeping relationships are key to networking.” Junwei Li, MSM-Finance Candidate 2018
- “Networking is like making friends, first, it takes time, so don't give up, and ultimately people will reply to your emails; second, you have to share personal interests, not only talking about professional stuff, but also personal life to build the connection; third, ask questions, people like to talk about themselves.” Xin Zeng, MBA Candidate 2017
2. What was your favorite part of the event?
- “Networking at the Jolly Scholar and talking to different people from different programs.” Navid Tavoli, MSM-Operations Research/Supply Chain Candidate 2017
- “When we spoke with alumni who were in the same program as me or work in a related field.” Qiaojie Liang, MSM-Business Analytics Candidate 2017
- “We were able to meet with alumni and ask questions and share thoughts with them. I think the overall event was informal in a good way and gave everyone an opportunity to participate in the conversation.” Kumar Tanmay, MBA Candidate 2017
- “The panel was in a casual way: students and panelists are were sitting together so it's easier for both students and panelists to build trust and share insights.” Xin Zeng, MBA Candidate 2017
3. Would you recommend the event to other students?
- “Yes, definitely. It’s useful for every international student.” Navid Tavoli, MSM-Operations Research/Supply Chain Candidate 2017
- “Yes, I would recommend the event to others. It is a good 'meeting with alumni and networking' opportunity.” Kumar Tanmay, MBA Candidate 2017
- “Definitely I would.” Junwei Li, MSM-Finance Candidate 2018
- “Yes, I will definitely recommend the event to other students.” Xin Zeng, MBA Candidate 2017